Commissioners Alex Padro (6E01), Michael Brown (6E02, secretary and treasurer), Frank Wiggins (6E03, vice chair), Rachelle Nigro (6E 04), Alex Marriott (6E05, chair) and Kevin Rogers (6E07) made up the quorum to conduct official business at the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6E April meeting.
HPRB Support Request for Home Addition
Axis Architects partner Elena Romero requested support for a Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) concept design and Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) exemption application for a property located at 1128 Sixth St. NW. The property is in the Mount Vernon Square Historic District and the area is characterized by a mixture of multifamily homes, office buildings and low-rise apartments. At the March meeting, the commission rescheduled this matter to the April meeting because the plans were not received in sufficient time for review.
The project would convert a two-and-a-half-story townhouse into a multifamily building of six units. A three-story addition in the rear and a penthouse are also proposed. The third floor and penthouse additions would be set back from the front facade and not be visible from the street, preserving the historic character of the area. The developer is in talks with HPRB on the concept design and will then go to BZA for the setback and apply for permits, with the hope of beginning construction in July.
The commission moved to support the concept design request in writing to HPRB, provided that the third-floor metal facade be painted a color that blends with neighboring buildings. The motion passed unanimously. On a separate motion, the commission moved to support the two-story addition in the back of the building and an additional floor that will not be visible from the street. The motion passed unanimously and will be communicated in writing to BZA.
Support Request for Public Space Permit
An applicant for 508 K St. NW sought support for an apron-project canopy into public space. The applicant presented plans that show the canopy’s support columns would be eight feet into public space. Along the sidewalk and between the planter is roughly 10 to 13 feet, giving sufficient room for pedestrian traffic. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has required approval from ANC 6E before the project may begin.
The commission requested the applicant to remove an existing chain-link fence and replace it with a wooden barrier around the perimeter of the construction site, which would encompass the corner of Sixth and K streets NW. The commission also asked the applicant to work with the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District to artistically activate the outer walls of the barrier. The applicant agreed to those conditions.
The commission moved to support the request based on its stipulated conditions. The motion passed unanimously and will be communicated in writing to the Public Space Committee of DDOT.
Support for Alcohol License Renewal
The following establishments appeared before the commission to seek support for the Class C Alcohol License before meeting with the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board and the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA):
- A representative of Silo, located at 915 Fifth St. NW, requested support for a license. Padro asked about the hours when the retractable roof is supposed to be closed. This was enough concern for Marriott and Padro to move to protest the license in writing to ABRA. The motion passed unanimously.
- No issues were raised over Alta Strada, 465 K St. NW. The commission voted unanimously to support the license request in writing to ABRA.
- Padro reported no violations for RPM, 650 K St. NW. The commission moved to support the request unanimously and will communicate it in writing to the ABC Board and ABRA.
- The commission reported no violations for Capital Burger, 1005 Seventh St. NW, and will support the license renewal in writing to ABRA.
- Padro reported no violations in two years for Chaplin, 1501 Ninth St. NW, and moved to communicate support to ABRA. The motion passed unanimously.
- A representative of Zeppelin, at 1544 Ninth St. NW, requested support. Padro stated the establishment has been in business for about one month and has no investigative history. The ABC Licensing Committee recommended support of the renewal, and the commission will communicate support in writing to the ABC Board and ABRA.
- For BKK Cookshop, at 1700 New Jersey Ave. NW, Padro stated there have been no adverse actions for two years and that the ABC Licensing Committee recommended support of the renewal. The commission voted to communicate support in writing to the ABC Board and ABRA.
- Beau Thai, at 1500 Seventh St. NW, requested support. Padro noted that there is no investigative history, and the ABC Licensing Committee recommended support of the renewal. A motion for support passed unanimously and will be communicated in writing to the ABC Board and ABRA.
- Marriott introduced Alex Lopez, who has volunteered to serve as chair of the Transportation Advisory Committee, which would be split off as a separate committee from the ANC 6E Zoning, Transportation and Planning Committee. Lopez will handle all matters that pertain to DDOT. The committee will meet on the last Tuesday of every month at the Shaw Library from 6 to 7 p.m.
- Marriott moved to nominate Nigro as the ANC 6E secretary throughout the remainder of 2019. The motion passed unanimously.
- A representative of the Cloakroom, at 476 K St. NW, requested support for a valet staging zone application. The Zoning Committee met and is supportive of the two parking spaces. The hours for the establishment are until 2 a.m. weekdays and 3 a.m. on weekends. The commission motioned unanimously to communicate support in writing to the Public Space Committee of DDOT.
- The commission supported a zoning relief request for a property located at 1005 P St. NW. The applicant seeks to enclose the upper porch and convert it to finished space. The project will not increase lot occupancy.
- James Poindexter requested support for a Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) permit for the Third Annual Shaw Community Backpack Blessing Event on Sunday, July 21, from 3 to 6 p.m., at the Kennedy Playground. The commission voted unanimously in favor of communicating support in writing to DPR.
ANC 6E will meet again at 6:30 p.m. on May 2 at the Northwest One Library located at 155 L St. NW. Visit www.anc6e.org for more information.